‘I have no idea what’s going on!’ – WTA star astounded to find herself among top 10
A top WTA pro has surprised everyone including herself to surge up the rankings to become the first woman from her nation in the top 10.
On Monday, Anett Kontaveit became the first Estonian, man or woman, to break into the world’s top 10.
Currently ranked eighth in the WTA rankings, the 25-year-old truly cannot believe her own meteoric rise late this season.
Kontaveit came into 2021 with one career title to her name on the grass of s’Hertogenbosch in 2017.
Now, she has four more titles to her name, three in a month and a half. Kontaveit went 15-0 across events in Ostrava, Czechia, Moscow, Russia and Cluj, Romania.
“Absolutely not,” Kontaveit responded when asked by the WTA tour whether what she is doing has sunk in. “I have no idea what’s going on.
“I thought it was such a longshot to reach the WTA Finals.”
Across her last seven tournaments, the world number seven accumulated a near flawless 26-2 record to qualify for the WTA Finals for the first time in her career.
She snuck ahead of world number seven Ons Jabeur with her title in Romania after the Tunisian withdrew from the concurrent Courmayeur Ladies Open.
The Finals, which take place in Guadalajara, Mexico this year, are going ahead for the first time since 2019.
Defending champion, world number one and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty decided to skip the tournament. In addition, 2021 Slam champions Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu did not qualify.
Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova is the only 2021 Major winner set to compete in Mexico.
Aryna Sabalenka, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza, Iga Swiatek, Maria Sakkari and Paula Badosa round out the line-up with Kontaveit.
Only Muguruza and Pliskova have played the singles event before. Krejcikova has previously competed at the event in doubles, but not singles, in 2018 and 2019.
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